Welcome to The Bailey’s little corner of the internet.  So glad you stopped by!  This blog is intended to be a place to share my photographic work as well as family life.  I hope it can also serve as a place to share parenting ideas as well as inspiration for activities to do with your own kids (fun, education, food, travel, creativity, organisation…. anything and eveything I feel could help others really).  Most of all I hope this blog will inspire you to spend quality time with your families.  If you are interested in ways to capture your memories on camera I hope this blog can help you with that too. I am an open book so feel free to ask away:)

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Ethan has been asking to try archery.  Sounded a bit dangerous to me.  However, he was very keen so I did a little research and it is actually very safe (safer than all the ball sports combined).  It is non contact, and requires strength and coordination.  Most of all I like that it teaches respect, consideration of others, to follow rules and helps to improve focus.  He really enjoyed his introductory session (thank-you Erich at Aim Archery Club Cheltenham) and he was surprisingly good!  Ethan was also very excited to find out they run birthday parties there too.

Archery blog

  • October 2, 2015 - 11:11 am

    Alan Howell - Hi Narelle, this sounds just like my Ben. Always interested in archery but tried it at age 9, had a birthday party at 10, and now need a crowbar to get him out of the place! He has just turned 17 and has never looked back in any wayReplyCancel

  • October 2, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    Narelle Bailey - That is wonderful Alan. Amazing for him to find a sport he is so passionate about. I have a feeling Ethan will be back.ReplyCancel

I hope this week for Where it was taken Wednesday I can inspire you to see your home a bit differently.  I bet you have a space just like the one in my example that may become your go to place to take portraits.  I am known to stand my kids in front of this door on the way out of the house.  The light usually comes in on the porch so nicely, it is sheltered from harsh sunlight and the door is a good backdrop without distractions making an image which is all about the subject.  Ethan often says “Oh no, here we go again”, but hopefully he will appreciate it later in life.


See you next week!

This week in my where it was taken series shows a simple example of what I look for when I am after a simple portrait.  When I took the image below I knew I had found a spot where I could have Ava stand in order to capture the simplistic, timeless beauty of her little face.


Here is the fancy natural light studio I used! I made sure it was safe first of course. Having her stand just inside the opening allowed for open shade with the background creating a dark, even backdrop.


See you next week!

Welcome to Where it was taken Wednesday #2 !

Here are a couple of shots from a short walk Ava and I took around our local estate.  Nothing fancy.  The reeds by the lake make a great background.  Positioning her at a reasonable distance from them as well as opening up my aperture creates nice depth of field and really makes her stand out.

See you for instalment #3 next week.  I have another example from this same walk and you won’t believe where I took the shot.  I am an open book so feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments.  I don’t claim to have all the answers to great photography, but love to share my experiences and help others in any way I can.

WIWTW-2pullbackgrassYou may want to check out week one of this series if you missed it HERE.


When I was first learning photography, I loved nothing more than seeing where photographers took their images.  It was especially inspiring to see great images made in everyday spaces.  That led me to a popular blog post I wrote for Clickin Moms back in 2013.  Given the popularity of that article it has got me thinking that I am not the only one inspired by seeing photography pullbacks.  So here I am introducing Where it was taken Wednesday.  I am still learning all the time too.  I hope these posts can inspire at least some of you to think about using your own everyday spaces to create some images you consider to be keepers:)


And here are another one taken in the same doorway.


Happy Wednesday. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments.